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Do Now #7: Occupy Wall Street

| October 21, 2011 | 58 Comments
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What do you think the Occupy Wall Street protests are all about? Do you sympathize or not? Do you find it hard to understand?

Intro

Occupy Wall Street has been going for around a month now and shows no sign of slowing down. Triggered by the demonstrations in New York, protesters around the world are demanding an end to what they describe as corporate greed and bank bailouts while ordinary people lose their homes, with no subsidy to rescue them. The movement has spread from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Oakland, Occupy San Jose and Occupy SF, where demonstrators camped in front of the Federal Reserve Building behind signs declaring: “We, The People, Are Too Big To Fail” and “Banks Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out.”

In solidarity with the protests that began in New York, people across Europe, in London, Spain, and Rome, have held protest marches, largely peaceful demonstrations, against government cost-cutting and failed financial policies in Europe. Nicknamed “the indignant,” the demonstrators continue to take to the streets demanding change. “Organizers of the global protests said there would be demonstrations in 951 cities in 82 countries. On their website, the organizers say they’re demanding change and want to let politicians and the financial elite know it’s up to the people to decide the future.” Occupy Wall Street Inspires Worldwide Protests

Journalists and the media are confused. They struggle to characterize the movement as left wing, anti-capitalist, green, anti-bank, anti-Wall Street, idealist or hippie. Critics describe the movement as lacking direction. Maybe we will need to wait and see.

Resource

KQED News Fix post Occupy Wall Street — Bay Area Editions
October 10, 2011, 3:35 pm • Posted by Jon Brooks
The Occupy Wall Street protests have turned into Occupy Just About Everywhere, and that of course includes the Bay Area. Last week, in San Francisco, the city broke up the Occupy SF encampment that had taken root in front of the Federal Reserve building, but the protesters have set up camp again. According to the Examiner, at least 200 people were at the site yesterday afternoon. Here’s an Occupy SF protester — an ex FedEx driver — who lost his house after his sub-prime loan payment doubled.


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More Resources for Follow-up Lessons

KQED FORUM segment Wall Street Protest Spreads Thu, Oct 6, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street protests continued this week in New York, San Francisco and other cities across the country. Some labor unions and Democratic politicians are now embracing the movement, which has higher public approval ratings than Congress. Will the protests evolve, as some progressives hope, into a sort of liberal Tea Party?

NPR segment Tracking The Media’s Eye On Occupy Wall Street by David Folkenflik | October 13, 2011
In recent days, the Occupy Wall Street protests appear to be gathering steam, spreading beyond New York City to other cities across the country. The growing reach of the demonstrations has added to the pressure on journalists to figure out how to cover them.

NPR segment Occupy Wall Street Inspires Worldwide Protests October 15, 2011 — 10:33 AM
Taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, protesters across the world took to the streets Saturday to demonstrate against the banks and what they say is corporate greed.

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About the Author ()

Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.
  • mr_hectorsf

    i think they are doing what the purpose of protesting is to get recognized. and they are all over the us and the world.

  • mr_hectorsf

    i think they are doing what the purpose of protesting is to get recognized. and they are all over the us and the world.

  • Jay Wong

    I think the wall street people is about people defending their own rights for a better cause & a better future for the next gen

  • Jay Wong

    I think the wall street people is about people defending their own rights for a better cause & a better future for the next gen

  • Annaa508

    I haven’t really heard of it.

  • Annaa508

    I haven’t really heard of it.

  • itslil_leelee

    I think that the wall street protest is about the peoples rights. I find it hard to see all the people get attacked by the police

  • itslil_leelee

    I think that the wall street protest is about the peoples rights. I find it hard to see all the people get attacked by the police

  • Iswants20

    i think the police is hella mess up,how would they ever hit people with the tear gas!

  • Iswants20

    i think the police is hella mess up,how would they ever hit people with the tear gas!

  • Leannee203

    I don’t understand about it bc I just heard about it.

  • Leannee203

    I don’t understand about it bc I just heard about it.

  • crecre415

    I think that occupy sf/oakland is a good thing that they are doing because they working to help people in the future…

  • crecre415

    I think that occupy sf/oakland is a good thing that they are doing because they working to help people in the future…

  • Yo_ItsJC

    I think that the people in the protests are only trying to show whats right for them.

  • Yo_ItsJC

    I think that the people in the protests are only trying to show whats right for them.

  • derekwing

    I dink da protests r abt financialprobs dat pplhav caused by the gov n deywant to stopit.I do sympathize cuz it affects me

  • derekwing

    I dink da protests r abt financialprobs dat pplhav caused by the gov n deywant to stopit.I do sympathize cuz it affects me

  • RaynePassion

    The Occupy protests are getting more serious Americans are just fighting for rights. Let’s hope it doesn’t get violent

  • RaynePassion

    The Occupy protests are getting more serious Americans are just fighting for rights. Let’s hope it doesn’t get violent

  • zlreason

    i think occupy wall street is about fighting for what we want, i find this understandable but apparently cops dont.

  • zlreason

    i think occupy wall street is about fighting for what we want, i find this understandable but apparently cops dont.

  • Xwing0

    its not hard to understand it just not my problem atm cuz im busy w/ other stuff

  • Xwing0

    its not hard to understand it just not my problem atm cuz im busy w/ other stuff

  • Zoenoel Cruz

    I do not sympathize the protest mainly because I think they could find another solution. also because I’m still a minor…

  • Zoenoel Cruz

    I do not sympathize the protest mainly because I think they could find another solution. also because I’m still a minor…

  • Stephanie Sun

    I thought the Occupy Wall Street was mainly about jobs and protesting, etc. I didn’t know much abut it, till yesterday.

  • Stephanie Sun

    I thought the Occupy Wall Street was mainly about jobs and protesting, etc. I didn’t know much abut it, till yesterday.

  • WDrizz

    I think the #OccupyWallStreet is about the down-fall of the US Economy.

  • WDrizz

    I think the #OccupyWallStreet is about the down-fall of the US Economy.

  • itsk0kes

    i find occupysf hard to understand bc i hardly know bout it.

  • itsk0kes

    i find occupysf hard to understand bc i hardly know bout it.

  • wdfpros1r

    I think occupied wall street is about protesting against the 1% who control most of the money in the USA. I can understand.

  • wdfpros1r

    I think occupied wall street is about protesting against the 1% who control most of the money in the USA. I can understand.

  • RandyiaM3

    I think that occupy wall street is just people protesting about the bad economy. I don’t follow it.

  • RandyiaM3

    I think that occupy wall street is just people protesting about the bad economy. I don’t follow it.

  • SherryWu3

    SF occupy is about the econ losing money and there isn’t enough jobs out there i don’t think it is hard to understand.

  • SherryWu3

    SF occupy is about the econ losing money and there isn’t enough jobs out there i don’t think it is hard to understand.

  • tommyquachh

    I think occupy wall street sends a strong message because people are fighting for what they believe in.

  • tommyquachh

    I think occupy wall street sends a strong message because people are fighting for what they believe in.

  • STINOsteeez

    Occupy WS is just alot of unsatisfied people that are voicing the many concerns 2day.The govt needs to recognize.Support!

  • STINOsteeez

    Occupy WS is just alot of unsatisfied people that are voicing the many concerns 2day.The govt needs to recognize.Support!

  • Ayo_Nikko

    i think its pretty dope, fighting for whats right.

  • Ayo_Nikko

    i think its pretty dope, fighting for whats right.

  • japhetehhhh

    I think the occupy SF is bout da people protexting cuz of job loss but I think dey shuld w8 a lil more for obama.

  • japhetehhhh

    I think the occupy SF is bout da people protexting cuz of job loss but I think dey shuld w8 a lil more for obama.

  • JillametMARLEY

    I think the whole situation is crazy. but you have to roll with how people are feeling inside.

  • JillametMARLEY

    I think the whole situation is crazy. but you have to roll with how people are feeling inside.

  • ryaneffsyamama

    I think it’s all about American Greed. Yes I do sympathize it b/c we are the PEOPLE! No I do not. bllllraaaaaaaaaaaat XD

  • ryaneffsyamama

    I think it’s all about American Greed. Yes I do sympathize it b/c we are the PEOPLE! No I do not. bllllraaaaaaaaaaaat XD

  • Jessie Tomas

    I think the occupy wall street is interesting because theyre fighting forwhat they stand for! BURRRRRRR

  • Jessie Tomas

    I think the occupy wall street is interesting because theyre fighting forwhat they stand for! BURRRRRRR

  • Sam Ng

    the occupy wall street is about protesting against police brutality. I think its a good thing.

  • Sam Ng

    the occupy wall street is about protesting against police brutality. I think its a good thing.

  • Sandra Wong

    I think its about people going against big corporation. Yes I do sympathize. I find it a bit hard to understand.

  • Sandra Wong

    I think its about people going against big corporation. Yes I do sympathize. I find it a bit hard to understand.

  • kodle

    i think this is all about how the banks are being unfair. i sympathize with the people.

  • kodle

    i think this is all about how the banks are being unfair. i sympathize with the people.